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Old 03-12-2013, 10:39 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Try 15/15 for binding angles... Get rid of the negative on your rear binding. It's going to put your hips in the right position and help with angulation. It also keeps you from rotation your knee and putting stress on it. Your trailing knee will thank you!

It will feel funny at first but you'll be dragging hip in no time...
Good point. Try on a longboard on pavement. You'll figure out pretty quickly why a positive angle on both feet is better for carving. I find that is also much less straining on your back knee.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:40 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Hip rotation can be using to improve range of most in the legs in a specific direction. In carving, this is useful to help twist the back half of the snowboard to a higher edge angle that the front at the last half of a carved turn. In my avatar pic(I'm in a duckstance, soft boots,), my hips are rotated toward the nose to give me more room to drive my back knee towards the snow. This has the effect of tightening up the turn towards the finish and puts an nice exclamation point on an already solid carve turn. For heelside, rotate the hips toward the tail to do the same thing. It's important that if you do this at the start of your turn it will totally hose up your turn. This move is only for the 2nd half of the turn when your edge set is solid.
Yes, you are describing counter-rotation - the opposite of what I was doing. On the toe side, I can easily do that; on the heel side I'm happy with being able to eliminate rotation.
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Good point. Try on a longboard on pavement. You'll figure out pretty quickly why a positive angle on both feet is better for carving. I find that is also much less straining on your back knee.
I've never done skateboarding and I don't think I ever will.

I do find that a duck stance is significantly more comfortable for me, allows me a much better movement range, is much more comfortable for my knees and less tiring for my leg muscles.

I'll happily sacrifice a bit of carving performance for a duck stance.
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